At the end of one of the quieter streets in the heart of Jamaica Plain, the three-story building looks no different from others nearby. Well over 100 years old, it has a stone foundation, bay windows and a classic central entrance. It was recently renovated inside — including the installation of a new kitchen, tiled bathrooms, hardwood floors and central air conditioning. What makes this building different from its neighbors is that this is a safe house for runaways and homeless youth. Recently leased by the youth services organization, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, it joins other refuges that dot a Jamaica Plain community that has a tradition of extending a hand to others in need.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters team leader Claire Winship of Jamaica Plain; Bridge Over Troubled Waters team leader Matin Yusuf; and Bank of America Massachusetts President Robert Gallery. Credit: Bank of America
Bank of America employees from across the country - in partnership with United Way's Fresh Start Drive - gathered at the bank's Hub headquarters Wednesday, Dec. 17, to assemble 200 care packages for local nonprofit Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Packaging everything from toothbrushes to soap, Bank of America employees formed a thorough assembly line alongside Bridge Over Troubled Waters team leaders, and worked tirelessly to get bags packed, ready, and on their way. Boston-based Bridge Over Troubled Waters is dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency.